Igor Malakhov is an aesthete who is professional and romantic. He is a talented photographer who travels the world in search of inspiration.
Every picture he takes is unique; his work is bright, creative and imbued with his energy. Many people dream to get into his cameras focus: models, showbiz stars, and actors. Just imagine that the world could not have such a brilliant photographer, but for his muse many years ago. But, first things first…
Igor, why did you decide to do photography? What prompted you to look at the world through your camera lens?
Initially, I wanted to be a musician, and I gave deep thought to photography only when I took a picture of my first love. And then my passion for photography absorbed me so much that I left the University and decided to devote myself to photography.
Flipping through your feed on Instagram or Facebook, I have come across very few photos of yourself. Are you a camera-friendly person, do you like to be photographed?
I still prefer to take pictures of other people, and as you have just pointed out, I don’t have many pictures of myself. Few people are capable of taking a picture of me that I like. After all, the most important thing is that the photographer catches his object’s perception and feels in tune with it. But it’s a very rare case.
You’ve been with your camera for 12 years. What kind of pictures you prefer to take? Color or black and white?
I prefer color photos, but sometimes, when it is necessary to put stress on contrast or show the texture, nothing beats a black and white shot.
In your opinion, what are the most important components of a good photo?
It is difficult to name any clear criteria because photography is an art, not mathematics with its world of formulas and rules. Art is volatile, it defies laws. The most important criterion is the ability to ‘fall in love’ with a person you shoot and reveal his or her specific beauty and unique features. Absolutely every person is beautiful, and the task of a good photographer is to discern it and capture in his photo.
Please name 3 photographers whose work inspires you.
I adore David Lachapelle, Mert Marcus and Txema Yeste.
You have a lot of pictures of big-name people in your portfolio: singers, actresses, top models. Are there any difficulties or peculiarities in working with celebrities?
Difficulties do not depend on who is in front of the camera: a celebrity or a person for whom this is the first shooting in his or her life. Sometimes it is hard to make a person feel easier, but it is my job to make a person trust me, not to feel embarrassed and tense in front of the camera. And a popular myth that stars are capricious and difficult to work with has not been confirmed in my personal practice. Individuals who have already achieved success in a particular area are often professionals. And they heed to the photographer to perform the task in the best possible way.
Igor, what do you think about taking a shot with an iPhone?
It’s possible, for sure. They even shoot movies with their iPhones, not to mention photos. After all, how does a professional photographer differ from an amateur? An amateur may use a lens costing a few thousand dollars, but due to inability to build a composition in his or her head, arrange proper light and catch the details, even expensive appliances will be of no use in creating stunning photos. You know, Oscar Wilde once said a brilliant line: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And it’s true, so an essential thing is not fancy technical equipment, but a person who operates it.
Please name a celebrity you would like to work with.
I really strive to work with Rihanna, Jared Leto, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa.
Who, in your opinion, could be a symbol of the XXI century?
I don’t have any idols. Each person is unique and gifted in his or her own way.